GTI Racing uniquely blends a realistic and highly detailed car physics simulation with the pure fun of driving in a very dynamic way. Grab the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and gather the sensation for the incredible sense of speed and the power of all the real world cars.
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Very Positive (73 reviews) - 80% of the 73 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 24, 2006

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GTI Racing uniquely blends a realistic and highly detailed car physics simulation with the pure fun of driving in a very dynamic way. Grab the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and gather the sensation for the incredible sense of speed and the power of all the real world cars.
  • Realistic driving model: Lifelike car physics reflect the pure enjoyment of dynamic car driving using some of the best dynamic physics around. Detailed handling model with carefully adjusted parameters give you full control of the car and an incredible ease of driving whilst still being very fun to drive.
  • Cars: GTI Racing gives you the biggest collection of the legendary European Volkswagen Golf series cars. Choose one of the 15 GOLF models, representing all five generations from its original heritage through to the current day. Try out the GTI, G60 and the outstanding R32! Check out Volkswagens hottest concept cars and classics - along with the original Beetle and T1 "Samba" transporter.
  • Tuning: GTI Racing introduces you to the professional car customization world, thanks to the impressive and wide array of original visual and performance modding and tuning parts. Spoilers, xenon lights, wide body kits, exhausts and rims - everything you would ever need or desire for the visual aspect of tuning your car. Turbo's, nitro`s, sports transmissions, performance brake kits and wide tires - unlimited performance tuning possibilities.
  • Career: Over 70 races in 6 unique settings and scenarios against challenging AI opponents will keep the heat on. Time trial, Drift competition and Drag racing, wild Baja and new Legal Race modes. Finish all 25 Championships located in Germany, France, Italy, UK and USA, earn money and spend it on your ride!
  • Dynamic race surroundings: GTI Racing introduces a new level of intensity into the world of racing thanks to fully physics simulated hundreds of objects on the tracks. Use fully interactive objects to create your advantage - slow down your opponents or disable their cars completely.
  • Demanding AI: drivers make full use of the driving and collision physics model. They will cut you off, run you off the road, use shortcuts to get to the finish line first, so be on your guard and watch out for them.
  • Detailed car damage: every contact you make with and object or form of racing collision will leave a dent on your vehicle! Based on Xpand Rally experiences highly detailed damage and mechanical car part stress models this has ben used to great effect to enhance the experience with a very rich flavor!
  • Online drive: Race through LAN or on the Internet. Extremely playable Baja mode, closed circuits, highways, drift driving competitions and drag racing championship which will give the multi player racer something to shout about. Intense 4 player racing and action in each race.

System Requirements

    Minimum System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, P IV/AMD Athlon processor with 1.8 GHz, 256 MB RAM, Video card with 64 MB, DX 8.0 compatible (GeForce 3 or ATI Radeon 9200)*, Sound card DX 8.0 compatible, 2,5 GB of free space on hard drive, DirectX 9.0c, 56k Modem (for Internet multiplayer mode)
    Recommended System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, P IV/AMD Athlon processor with 2.5 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Video card with 128 MB, DX 9.0 compatible (GeForce 5700 or ATI Radeon 9600)*, Sound card DX 8.0 compatible, 2,5 GB of free space on hard drive, DirectX 9.0c, ISDN Internet connection (for Internet multiplayer mode)
    Please note that video cards that do not support T&L in hardware do not fully meet the games minimum spec and will therefore suffer performance issues. The game requires video card with Pixel Shader 1.1. The Game was not tested with onboard graphics cards, including laptops.
    *The game does not support GeForce 4MX video cards.
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2013
A cheap and cheerful arcade racing game based on an old iteration of the chrome engine (Call of Juarez etc.) The graphics are not the best by today's standards but the game doesn't cost much these days either. The cars are all Volkswagons, from the early eighties Golf GTi to late 90's concept, old and new Beetles are included and even the VW Camper. You can customise most of the parts, by winning races and spending your prize money, but this is not a sim. Most customisations make very little difference to performance unless they boost the BHP. It takes some practice to consistently win events and opponents are challenging but a bit stupidly rough, bashing you off the track if they can. A real bonus in a game like this is the availabilty of a cockpit view, making it more realistic and challenging. It's fun, works with a Logitech wheel, and it took me 25 hours to complete so the value can't be questioned. Worth a try if you're stuck for some racing action.
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27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
285.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
A underrated game, for 4.99, you probably won't find a longer game. 285 hours and I still haven't obtained everything.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
This Gameis awsome if you love Volkswagens...Which i do. I does at times feel a little funky but all in all solid game for the price. I do wish i could use my Gamepad
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2015
You can drive a classic Beetle, so yes, i recommend!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22

Okay, as you may seen on the teaser pictures or that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ headline of my review, this game is all about Volkswagen cars. You might think: "ayy lamo B0R1NG!!!!111", predjudgices aside (hope I spelt that right), This ain´t that boring at all.

Let´s start with the pros:
Yes, it´s only Volkswagens, but its quite a load of many different VWs. Standard cars (unfortunately no Diesels), Crazy cars no one really knows and quite a few interesting Concepts, including (my fav car of all time) the Volkswagen Nardo, both the roadster and coupé.

Standard cars and no TDI Power? Standard VWs without TDI (except GTIs/Rs) are slow. But then there comes this function called Tuning.
Yes, you can tune Volkswagens in their official game, in both visual and performance. Eat that, Ford Racing.

Also there are some different Sceneries, e.g. My Motherland Germany (Bavaria), France, England, Sicily, Texas and an unnamed Racetrack in GB.

The graphics for 2006... ehh let´s take a year off, cause the game bases on Xpand Rally from 2005, the graphics for 2005 aren´t bad at all. The textures are mostly sharp, the shader looks good and Antialiasing works. The Models are
something between nice and meh. Most of them are pretty solid, but also have a few edges.

K, now the part of things I´m not really sure about, how to rate them:
The Handling model, It is a sim-cady like handling, tendency to either simulation or arcade, I´m not really sure.
The handling itself is solid, but a few physic things ruin the fun a bit.
E.G. Don´t jump or go Offroad. EVER. Offroad driving is.... playable, but could really be better. Jumps are the weirdest things since Goat Simulator. Both is kinda strange given that it´s base is a rally sim, In which you can jump and drive offroad without any problem.

Alright, now the cons:
Techland. Why did you use wrong specs for the cars? I mean, Volkswagen gives you the license and most likely wants you to display the cars like IRL. So Why? I mean, the Beetle has like 34 hp, ingame it has like double the amount stock.
Or the Nardo, 600 hp IRL, ingame 350 hp. Why?

The Tuning. The performance tuning is nice, better than in the latest Need for Greed. But the visual tuning is stupid.
Bodykits do look quite nice on some cars, on others ugly af. I mean, okay thats standard for tuning in games.
But you couldn´t let us decide what color we want on our cars? You only get pre-made Vinyls and paintings, you can´t change the color yourself, except you mess around with the template. Also the aftermarket rims. Ugly. Just. Ugly.

The Cars in the Classes. So, the cars and races are sorted in classes, not like Forza in the complete Alphabet, but in weird titles no one really gets. No probl€em for me there, the problem for me are the cars in the later classes. In the last 3 or 4 classes some of the previous classes´ cars are in again, just a bit tuned up and with a painting already preinstalled.
You can get some insane power out of these, but there are more than enough VWs in the World to fill every class with 5
original cars.

Long talk, short story. dis gaem ez kool and 4 only 5 bux tooooo. buy dis shet.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Better than Need for Speed Rivals
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2015
Bought this today before the sale eneded and have to say that although I havent played a lot on it I did enjoy. Yes its an old racing game but Its very good and I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
GTI is a hidden gem, mostly overlooked due to is age, but don't let that age fool you, for a 10 year old game, GTI holds up extremely well. The graphics are dated but still perfectly serviceable and with some tinkering it runs flawlessly at 1080p. I was able to map all the keys to the usual racing layout on my Xbox One controller, so control wise, it felt and played great. It has a really nice array of VW cars, in different classes, that all have a ton of upgrade options that greatly effect performance. And best of all it has awesome tracks. I really miss this era of arcade racing games when it comes to track design. Worth it at full price IMO, and during a Steam sale, this one is an absolute steal.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2015
This game deserves to be re-looked at for a modern day seguel. I am freshly surprised at how well controller support was done and my ability to map 3 seperate input devices a G27/CSP v1/CSS SQ all connected through USB and then be able to adjust max range and deadzones as well as linearity and FFB.
The cars are quite drivable due to the great support for input devices and tons of options for replays. I am quite happy to have purchased this game and is a must buy at the $1.24 sale price. It's even more than worth the non-sale price
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2015
This is the first "racking" game I ever bought. Despite now owning DiRT RALLY, Assetto Corsa and Project CARS, I still come back to GTI racing. Yes... it's an emotional attachment because it's my first "racing" game ever, and... I used to race VW Beetles in a couple of different disciplines, but aside from that, it really is just a good, fun, casual game. IMO: Worth every penny of the few dollars it (now) costs.
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3.7 hrs
Posted: June 26
Need For Fahrvergnügen

Fun, straight racing game. All of the cars are all Volkswagons. The drifting feels arcade-perfect.

You can purchase parts to upgrade your cars. Very Gand Turismo-esque. Your car can get damaged and you can pay for repairs between races. So far to me it seems that the damage only effects the look of your car. Pity it doesn't effect performance.

The music is very Euro-techno. If you have ever used an Amiga computer and enjoyed tracker mod music, this game's music is very much like that; but 16-bit in stead of 8-bit. Nice, but I have not heard a large number of music tracks so far.

I've only played it for a few hours so far but I am really enjoying it. When you get into the 2nd racing tier the challenge really kicks in. For the price it was a no-regret / no-brainer.

+ Decent (previous-gen) visuals. Crank up all the graphics settings
+ Great euro-techno music
+ Arcade Handling
+ Behind the wheel camera view option
+ Challenging tracks with some sharp turns
+ Upgrade your car's performance and appearance with money earned from races
+ Inexpensive
+ Herbie the Love Bug is an AI opponent (unofficially)
+ It's fun!

- Does not use XInput - use analog emulation on your Steam Controller
- Only on tracks. No street racing or cops
- Upgrade options could be deeper. No tires to buy. Paint jobs limited set number of presets.
- No rear-view mirror or look-back button
- Damage model does not affect performance or handling
- AI racers are kinda stupid.
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2.0 hrs
Posted: May 5
GTI Racing is a Volkswagen Racing Simulator that lets you Pick the old VWs And Progress Throughout the Game.
What I like:
1.Starting from Classic to modern day Volkswagens.
2.The soundtrack.
3.The graphics
What I hated:
1. The A.I. is a Pain in the ♥♥♥
2. The Drifting Events are mearly impossible to beat.

My rating: 8.9/10
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☠⚜✟ Frank-E ✠⚜☣
0.8 hrs
Posted: March 14
A great racing game that has a great selection of awesome vehicles.
The game is pretty easy but it's also pretty long to beat.
It's a good old game that I would suggest to anyone who likes racing games, arcade or simulation, you should give it a try, you never know.
The graphics are real great for a game of that time, the game can be played at more than 60 fps easily even on old computers and with the settings set at the highest.
Note: You should ignore the negative reviews, they don't know what they are talking about.

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0.2 hrs
Posted: February 7
be warned i played this game for all of 10 mins had to shut down laptop to go out then rebooted and then was told i have the wrong seriel number and now cant play the game so i have requested a refund from steam this has bugged me as i was enjoying this game
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20.9 hrs
Posted: January 12
This is a five dollar game.
I'm going to begin with that.
If you expect fantastic graphics and super realistic physics, you aren't going to find them here.
If you expect to be able to drift a VW Bus at 150 kph like you're in Initial D, you've come to the right place.
There are tons of races that you can do in career mode. You can modify and upgrade your cars to a surprising degree. The gameplay is addicting. The cars handle more like go-karts than actual cars, so feel free to slide through a corner at nearly top speed with minimal braking.
Yes, the physics do get weird at times, and the visual customization kinda sucks, and you do occasionally get stuck in the barriers at times, but remember, it's a five dollar game made to advertise Volkswagen. This wasn't meant to be a super amazing game, but that's the amazing thing. It is. I've spent more time on this game than I ever thought I would. I keep playing it even after I've beaten it.
Please, give this game a chance. It's worth it.
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7.7 hrs
Posted: January 9
All around fun little racing game. Has around 70 single player races (which can take around 6 or 7 hours), and has around 30 or so volkswagon cars. The cars are in different catregories by how powerful they are, so if you want a nice fast car, it will take a while.

There are some little glitches I found, not game breaking but they are still annoying at times when they do happen. First glitch, is when you drive fast into a barrier. If you do so, you will get stuck in the wall, but good thing there is a reset button (R) on the keyboard. Next one, is kind of a glitch, or maybe it is just really weird. When you try to cut corners on some of the tracks, your car will jump up and spin around, but luckily most of the time you will just end up facing the way you wanted to go.

There is multiplayer, I have seen a few people on it, but don't expect there to be a whole lot of people playing this 10 year old game.

Also, there is no controller support, so if you were hoping to use your wheel or controller then you probably shouldn't pick this game up if you do not like using the keyboard for racing games.
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Rick Harrison
1.1 hrs
Posted: January 4
If you like the Herbie movies, you can play as his uncle Derby and even cousin Kirby in this game. Other than that, graphics suck, you can't even free roam off roads, etc.

9/11 Like Bush did with guns -IGN
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0.4 hrs
Posted: January 1
This game is old and crappy i would like to see remake with better graphic and multiplayer that actualy works :D
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